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Petty Enterprises and General Mills Go 'Pink Together' for Breast Cancer Cheerios Dodge Will Sport Paint Scheme in Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mooresville, N.C. (October 9, 2008) -- In recognition of National Breast Cancer...

Petty Enterprises and General Mills Go 'Pink Together' for Breast Cancer
Cheerios Dodge Will Sport Paint Scheme in Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mooresville, N.C. (October 9, 2008) -- In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Petty Enterprises has partnered with General Mills, primary sponsor of the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, to promote awareness of breast cancer during the week of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The efforts support Pink Together, a national campaign dedicated to inspiring hope among those touched by breast cancer.

The centerpiece of this week's partnership will be the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Pink Together Dodge Charger that will be driven by 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte during Saturday night's race. The pink Dodge will carry the names of hundreds of people who shared their stories about breast cancer at PinkTogether.com, an online community of hope for those impacted by this devastating disease.

"I'm proud to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by driving the pink No. 43 featuring Pink Together," said Labonte. "Breast cancer has touched so many lives across America. If you or someone you love is impacted by this disease, please visit PinkTogether.com to share your story, connect with others and find hope."

To raise money for breast cancer research, General Mills will donate $1 -- up to $25,000 -- for everyone who shares a story, posts a comment or leaves a virtual flower on PinkTogether.com during the month of October to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This is in addition to a $2 million donation that General Mills has already made to support the cause.

"On PinkTogether.com, people who have been impacted by breast cancer are able to share stories of strength, support, and survival -- stories that really inspire," said Steve Greer, Pink Together campaign director. "One person's story truly is another person's hope when fighting a disease like breast cancer."

In addition to supporting Labonte and the Pink Together Dodge, General Mills has turned the packaging pink on a number of its fan-favorite products, including Cheerios® Cereal, Nature Valley® Granola Bars and Green Giant® Frozen Vegetables to help raise awareness of breast cancer and promote early detection.

Visit www.pinktogether.com for more information on how to share a personal story or to simply become a part of the fight to cure breast cancer.

About Petty Enterprises

Petty Enterprises, founded in 1949 in Level Cross, NC by Lee Petty, is the most successful organization in NASCAR with 268 race wins and 10 Sprint Cup Series Championships. NASCAR icon and seven time Sprint Cup Series Champion Richard Petty is the most recognized figure in all of North American motorsports and continues to be a highly sought after brand ambassador. Located in Mooresville, NC, the organization operates two NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, the No. 43 Dodge team of Bobby Labonte and the No. 45 Dodge team of Kyle Petty; as well as the Richard Petty Driving Experience. David Zucker, who was appointed CEO in 2008, works alongside Richard Petty to lead the organization, which is partnered with Boston Ventures, a private equity firm located in Boston, Mass.

About General Mills

One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in over 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., General Mills had FY2008 global net sales of US$ 14.9 billion, including the company's $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

-credit: petty/general mills

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Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty , Richard Petty , Lee Petty